[CDBUG-talk] Stupid question

James L. Lauser james at jlauser.net
Fri Sep 2 14:03:25 EDT 2016

Yeah, I wasn't sure if that was correct or not. I guess I was thinking of
something else.

On Fri, Sep 2, 2016, 13:18 Jaime <jaime at snowmoon.com> wrote:

> All users have a crontab in /var.  The /etc/crontab file is a way of
> putting things in a somewhat obvious place for ease of upkeep as services
> are decommissioned, changed, or have their installed paths changed.
> Also, someone said that crontab -e signals to the cron system that its
> data was updated.  This isn't true.  Cron actually runs once each minute
> and checks its settings to see if anything needs to be done.  At least,
> that was my understanding in FreeBSD.  Perhaps other systems (e.g. cronie)
> are different.  I know that Darwin's launchd runs constantly and only reads
> config files under certain conditions, but launchd never reads crontabs, so
> that isn't really apropos.
> Jaime

--  James L. Lauser
    james at jlauser.net
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